LALC ENews 12th December 2022

This newsletter is provided to member councils through the clerk and should be circulated to all councillors.


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13th Edition of Arnold-Baker on Local Council Administration

The comprehensive and authoritative guide to local government law has been extensively revised for its 13th edition.  

List price: £164.99

Price through LALC - £131.99, which is a saving of 20%.

Please contact Lindsey to order a copy.


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We still have availability at the following sessions. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please book via the new CRM).


Charity Law (Day 1 of 2)

13th December



Charity Law (Day 2 of 2)

14th December



New Councillor Session

24th January



Coming soon - Elections Workshop

February - TBC



Planning for councils

21st February



Allotments (Day 1 of 3) – Tenancy and Policies

1st March



Allotments (Day 2 of 3) – Site Facilities and Health & Safety

8th March



First Aid At Work

14th March


The Old School, Dunholme, LN2 3QR

Allotments (Day 3 of 3) – Self-management for Association Councils

15th March



LCC websites – Jadu Basics

21st April



LCC websites – Jadu Advanced

26th May



***Training venues are booked once a number of bookings have been received. This allows LALC to book venues based on where the majority of delegates are travelling from. If there are less than 10 bookings on any course, the course will automatically be held at the LALC Office, 8 Market Rasen Road, Dunholme, Lincoln, LN2 3QR***

We are currently working on the training programme for the next quarter – look out for further dates being published.  Non-member councils can apply to join training courses for a fee. Contact us for details.

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National Survey – Council expenditure on solicitors

 We are working with County Association colleagues to build a picture of how much the 10,000 parish and town councils in England spend each year on solicitors for things like land transfers, lease agreements, contracts and procurement, legal disputes, and general legal advice.  Please look up the approximate total value of your legal services spend during the financial year ending 31 March 2022 and report the data via  Please respond by 31 December 2022 if possible.  The data will be used purely for illustration; no personal information is being collected and no contact will be made with individual councils.  We will feedback the overall results in the New Year.

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Cost of Living updates


Useful Cost-of-Living Support information and links can be found on the new LALC website:     

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Fears over debt as more people could turn to loan sharks to cover Christmas

See press release from the England Illegal Money Lending Team on the LALC website:


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Let’s Celebrate Towns – competition being run by VISA

VISA are currently running a competition for a £20,000 grant fund and “a package of business support from VISA” for towns with populations of between 10,000 and 150,000:

Building on the success of the Great British High Street, Visa is inviting you to enter 'Let's Celebrate Towns’ 2022 - a nationwide competition designed to highlight towns across the UK that are helping local businesses and communities to thrive.

We want to hear from you about how your town is successfully supporting businesses and communities, whilst overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing economic environment. Whether that’s through supporting private enterprise to grow, investing in people and skills, or improving the local environment.

By entering, you have the chance to win prize money for a local community initiative and a package of significant business support to help you start, scale, and grow ideas across your town. If your town is shortlisted, you will be invited to showcase your town at a national event in London.

Entering is simple.

All you need to do is complete an online application and put forward the strongest case studies and examples of how your town is creating a supportive business and community environment.

This is a great opportunity to join the hundreds of local authorities, councils, and community groups in highlighting the diverse mix of businesses and services, big and small, that contribute to vibrant local economies across the UK.

For further information about how to submit your town or about the competition more broadly, please visit 'Let's Celebrate Towns' ( or contact

Participation requires a written submission of no more than 1500 words.  Prizes are intended to be used as a contribution towards a community project and there is the opportunity for the winning town to make a business case to VISA for ongoing support or sponsorship.

 There is a maximum of one entry per town.

 Please note that the deadline for entry is 14th December 2022. (Unfortunately, LALC have only just been notified of this competition, and we appreciate there is a very short deadline).

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North Kesteven councils – could you host Free Health Checks?

 “Better” (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) are working in partnership with North Kesteven District Council to deliver activity and provide leisure provisions within the district.

Did you know? 35% of adults within North Kesteven, do not complete 30 minutes of activity a week! And 51.5% of adults do not meet world health guidelines of 150 minutes of activity a week!

“Better”, in conjunction with NKDC are offering FREE health checks and potentially a gentle exercise class such as Tai Chi. All they require is space, such as a village hall. They are looking primarily to target over 50’s however would welcome any parishioners attending.

Case Study – Heckington Village Hall

On the 25th November, the North Kesteven Community Team hosted a Tai chi session in Heckington village hall.

The reason we picked Heckington was because 66% of the parish population do not achieve the WHO guidelines for activity, which are 150 minutes of moderate activity a week (Or 2 x 75 minutes of vigorous activity), a whopping 45% of the parish population do complete 30 minutes of activity a week! 

The aim of the session was to encourage the local parish residents to become more active and offer free health checks to then signpost members of the community to local schemes, walks, service which would benefit their health.

 The session was an overwhelming success in which 34 people attended the session, with 8 apologies they could not make the session this time around. 14 completed health checks and took information about the local centres and also discussed the Healthwise scheme. We have also been asked to make this a weekly session after the New Year.


What was amazing to see, is that the older community, were able to attend the session, a lot of which haven’t completed much activity since prior to the national pandemic, one participant even stated this was the first time she has done anything in 5 years, since her 2nd hip operation, and was great to be socialising with people and has given her the confidence to try out more.

 A massive thank you to Heckington Parish Council for supplying this space for us and allowing us to benefit their local community.

Whilst we do offer fantastic service within our centres, not everyone if able to travel into our centres. So our aim to try branch out and offer our services/sessions to the local community parishes. So people who unable to make in to our centres do not miss out.

For further details, especially if you can offer a venue to host such a session, please contact:


Shaun Fisher 

Community and Health Manager, 


M: 07854980331

Don’t forget that Village Halls Week ( runs from Monday 23rd January to Sunday 29th January so this might be an ideal opportunity to host such an event, whilst promoting your facilities.


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Clerks’ Networking Event held on 7th December

Clive Wilson from United Nations Association Greater Lincolnshire ( ran an interactive workshop on ‘Sustainable Communities and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’. The aim of the session was to help councils better understand Sustainable Development and to help identify how we may help promote and attain these development goals.

It was a lively and fun workshop which prompted much discussion and lots of ideas between clerks. Ideas already being progressed amongst a number of councils include re-wilding of public spaces, provision of warm spaces, introduction of bird and bat boxes, community allotments, energy-efficient improvements to community facilities (such as moves to LED lighting, improved insulation), and plans to introduce Repair Shop events.

After lunch, Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive shared his update on the latest news and future projects within the sector. This included the latest developments on the Civility and Respect project, the new SLCC advisory helpline, plans for themed conferences, and ongoing work on revising the Clerk’s Model Contract.

The SLCC Lincolnshire branch AGM was then held. Clerks not attending the SLCC meeting had the option to have an overview of the new LALC CRM with Katrina.

Andrew then gave a presentation on Budgeting and Lincolnshire Precepts, covering budget assumptions, precept information and deadlines, budgeting methods, information on the tax base and how that is calculated (see article below), and then an interesting analysis of Lincolnshire precepts.

Overall, it was a very lively and interactive event – thank you to all attendees for your positive contributions.


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What is the ‘council tax base’?

 We are at the time of year when parish and town councils are sent the details of the council tax base for their parish area.  This short article gives an insight into how the tax base is calculated.


Nationally there are approximately 25milliion dwellings of which 24.4million are liable for council tax; 16million are liable to pay 100% council tax and nearly 8.5million have a 25% single person discount.  There are approximately 700,000 exempt properties, 500,000 empty properties and 250,000 second homes. 

 The tax base is the number of properties in the parish/town council area expressed as a number of Band D properties.  Every dwelling has been given a council tax band from Band A to Band H and these have to be converted into a proportion of Band D.  A Band A property is six-ninths of a band D property whereas a Band C is eight-ninths of a band D property.  A Band G property is fifteen-ninths of a Band D. The table below shows these amounts in decimal format (rounded to 2 decimal places).


Current vacancies


Closing date

Cowbit Parish Council


No closing date

Ruskington Parish Council

Administration Assistant

29th November

South Luffenham Parish Council (Rutland)


No closing date

North Luffenham Parish Council (Rutland)


No closing date

Stow Parish Council


31st December

Snitterby Parish Council


12th December

Welton-by-Lincoln Parish Council

Administration Assistant

31st December

Folkingham Parish Council


14th December

Gainsborough Town Council

Allotments Officer

2nd January


Band D equivalent


Band D equivalent


6/9ths = 0.67


11/9ths = 1.23


7/9ths = 0.78


13/9ths = 1.45


8/9ths = 0.89


15/9ths = 1.67


9/9ths = 1


18/9ths = 2

The council tax base figure that you receive from the District Council is a calculation taking into account the above conversion rates less single person discounts, exemptions, council tax support, disabled band reductions, plus any empty property premiums, and new dwellings to come into the list multiplied by the collection rate. 

 A simplified example calculation for a 200-household parish could be as follows:

                  ·          150 dwellings in band A x 0.67 = 100.5

                  ·          20 dwellings in band B x 0.78 = 15.6

                  ·          10 dwellings in band D x 1 = 10

                  ·          20 dwellings in band H x 2 = 40

The initial parish tax base is 166.1 so when reduced by 50 single person discounts (50 x 0.25) of 12.5 and 4 x new band D properties are added to the list with an estimated collection rate of 98% the calculated tax base is 154.45.

 If the precept for that parish council is £5000 the Band D equivalent amount will be (£5000 divided by 154.45) £32.37 per Band D property. 

 Using the above table, it is then possible to calculate how much each dwelling will pay on their council tax bill for each council tax band because Band D is 1 at £32.37 then Band A properties will be 0.67 of that amount £21.58 and a Band G property will be 1.67 of the Band D amount £54.06.

















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Are your Financial Regulations up to date?

If your Financial Regulations include the procurement thresholds, please make sure that the values are up to date. These thresholds changed on 1 January 2022.

As per the revised briefing issued by Parkinson Partnership LLP in March:

Procurement Thresholds

 The thresholds for public procurement have changed from 1 January 2022

 Public contracts, with an estimated value (including VAT, from 1 January 2022):

 over £213,477              (previously £189,330)        for goods or services, or

 over £5,336,937           (previously £4,733,252)     for public works (construction),

 must comply with the full requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. These include specific tendering methods and timescales, as well as a requirement to advertise on both the Contracts Finder website and Find-a-Tender (the UK e-notification service).

Where a contract will run for several years, it is the total (not annual) value that matters.

 Where the estimated total value (including VAT) is below these thresholds, but exceeds £25,000, a council is required to advertise the opportunity on Contracts Finder if they publish an open invitation to quote/tender. If they are inviting specific firms and not opening up to wider competition, they don’t have to advertise the opportunity on Contracts Finder (Public Contracts Regulations 2015, Reg. 110(5)(b)).

 However, a council must comply with its own Standing Orders and Financial Regulations and if those regulations require an open invitation and a formal tender process, the council should follow them. Tendering processes ensure fair competition, achieve value for money and avoid anti-competitive behaviour. They protect the council and taxpayers.

 If a council simply chooses specific firms to invite, it must avoid allowing non-commercial considerations (defined in Part 2 of the Local Government Act 1988) to influence its decisions. If a council invites some suppliers and not others, it should record its reasons.

 If the council genuinely believed the value would be under £25,000 but the tenders came in above that, the Regulations do not require it to go back and start again.

 Regardless of whether the opportunity was advertised, Regulation 112 requires a council to publish the award of a contract over £25,000 on Contracts Finder within a reasonable timescale. There is no specified timescale for parishes, but we suggest within 3 months.


This bulletin is only intended as a brief guide and councils should ensure they follow the Regulations and guidance on, seeking professional advice if they are in any doubt. The Parkinson Partnership LLP accepts no liability for any loss arising from situations where councils have not followed the law and guidance.

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New LALC website/CRM access


If any clerk has not yet received your invitation to our new website/CRM please contact us. The old website will be switched off at the end of December and all training must be booked via the new site after that point.


For those clerks who already have got CRM access, please ensure that contact details for your council and councillors are kept up to date, including any change of Chair. We regularly receive emails from ex-Chairs or ex-Councillors asking to be removed from our mailing lists and so would appreciate it if clerks keep their own council/councillor information up to date where possible.


The eNews is also available on the public-facing website each week under News. Please let your councillors know.

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STOP PRESS: UK Prosperity Fund and Rural England Prosperity Funds

 LALC has just been commissioned to provide three workshops for parish and town councils in East Lindsey, South Holland and Boston Borough Council areas to provide information about the grant funding parishes can apply for over and delivered over the next two financial years until March 2025. 

 Dates, venues and times are expected to be in January 2023. 

 Grant funding priorities are expected to be focussed on:

·       Business ideas linked to health and well-being, food production, tourism, culture and the arts, transport, environmental businesses and the digital sector

·       Social enterprises, i.e. businesses which have a social purpose and make a profit in a way that directly benefits society

·       Projects on the Lincolnshire Coast which help more people between 16-64 to become economically active

·       Projects which bring imaginative new activities and adapt buildings to breathe new life into town centres

·       Programmes for smaller places which will improve and widen the use of community buildings including village halls

·       Projects which increase the availability of decent broadband connectivity in rural places

·       Focus on challenges of rural economy that could diversify and sustain farm/rural business incomes

·       Need to upgrade/improve failing community infrastructure to tackle deprivation

·       Support innovation to increase productivity.

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Text Box: Emergency Plans

Does your council have an Emergency Plan in place? Are you working towards putting an Emergency Plan in place? Are you currently reviewing your Emergency Plan?

Please let us know so that we can pass this information on to LCC Emergency Planning team.

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Does your council have a ‘good news’ story or an example of best practice you’d like to share with other councils? If so, please let us know so that we can include it in a future edition of eNews.


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NALC's Chief Executive bulletin

Civility and respect
The Local Government Association (LGA) have a few webinars coming up for councillors on topics related to personal safety and handling online abuse. Any councillor can access these webinars for free.
Personal Safety for Councillors is on 7 December 2022 (please use promo code PSC20712. Handling online abuse and intimidation is on 1 February 2023 (promo code HOAI010223). And Personal safety for councillors is on 21 February 2023 (promo code PSC210223). This week the LGA also launched their new Debate Not Hate toolkitwhich includes resources and suggested actions to push for change and raise awareness of this vital issue for councillors and councils. Resources include social media assets, virtual meeting backgrounds, posters and a template Debate Not Hate motion. The LGA was also promoting this campaign at their parliamentary reception this week which was attended by NALC’s chair, Cllr Keith Stevens, who also took the opportunity to speak to government ministers, shadow ministers, MPs and Peers about our work with the LGA on this issue as well as our civility and respect project. The latest HR podcast released this week through the project covers appraisals, so do give that a listen.

Fortnightly meeting with county officers
At this week’s regular fortnightly meeting between NALC and county officer colleagues, we were pleased to be joined by Garry Brown from NALC’s partner
Blachere Illumination. The discussion focussed on county association events and annual general meetings, including how to engage with commercial sponsors. It was helpful to reflect on how different partners value the opportunity to sponsor or exhibit at events and how those partners bring such a range of experiences and interests to those events as well. We all also shared the challenges of running events since the pandemic and the pros and cons of virtual, in-person and hybrid events. Other issues covered include the forthcoming provisional local government finance settlement, meeting dates following next year’s local elections and NALC’s HR support to county associations.

Defra Rural Insight Forum
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) held the latest online meeting of its Rural Insight Forum on 25 November. The forum brings together officials from the department with rural stakeholders such as NALC. There was an update from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on electric vehicles including the rollout of charging infrastructure, funding for local authorities and forthcoming technical guidance. We took the opportunity to raise with both departments the role of local councils and their powers as set out in our Legal Topic Note 89 (login required), also highlighting barriers such as legal limitations on charging and access to funding. Other issues covered included the Autumn Statement, where forum members shared their responses, and an update on ministerial appointments such as Lord Benyon’s recent appointment as rural affairs minister.

Rural Services Network
Also, a member of Defra’s Rural Insight Forum is the
Rural Services Network, which is a special interest group of the Local Government Association and a membership body championing rural services. NALC’s chair, Cllr Keith Stevens, held his latest meeting with the RSN’s chief executive and chief executive designate on 29 November. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up on the Autumn Statement and discuss the financial challenges facing our respective councils and areas where we might work together, our engagement with the government and Parliament, the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, and our respective networks for councils including the Rural Market Towns Group.

The upcoming meeting of the National Assembly 

The agenda and supporting papers for next week’s meeting of our National Assembly on 6 December are available here. Items include the National Assembly work plan, calendar of meetings, updates from committee chairs and a discussion on housing and planning including a guest speaker from the Better Planning Coalition.


On the blog: Warm up winter with The Big Lunch at Christmas  
Earlier this year, it was fantastic to see so many local (parish and town) councils pull out all the stops for The Big Jubilee Lunch in 2022, organising and supporting more community lunches than ever before. Tracey Robbins from Eden Project Communities has written for the NALC blog encouraging local councils to build on this by supporting the Big Lunch at Christmas, a new initiative that aims to bring communities together to share food, friendship, and festive cheer over the Christmas period.

Boundary Commission for England final consultation 
This is a reminder that the Boundary Commission for England’s final public consultation closes on 5 December, so this is your last chance to have your say on proposed new constituency boundaries as part of the 2023 Boundary Review. Residents and communities can respond to the consultation by visiting, and you can read more in our news story here.

National Computer Security Day
Almost every local (parish and town) council uses technology in their day-to-day operations — whether simply accessing emails or performing more complex tasks such as handling personal data. That's why on National Computer Security Day on 30 November, we posted a
new blog by NALC’s partner BHIB Councils Insurance, which has compiled five top tips to ensure senior council figures can help keep their staff safe from cyber-attacks. So do check it out if you haven’t already!

Updated legal guidance
We have made a further update to Legal Topic Note (LTN) 13 on policing your area, which was also updated earlier this year. The new addition is to paragraph 7 and confirms that a local council with the general power of competence can make a contribution to the highway authority towards the cost of speed signs. You can find the LTN in the
member’s area of the NALC website (login required).

NALC National Network: Women Councillors
This a reminder that the next meeting of NALC’s National Network: Women Councillors will take place on 7 December. The agenda includes an update on the White Ribbon campaign, the Civility and Respect Project, International Women's Day 2023 and an open forum. You can sign up to join the network 

And finally…
I was pleased to
read about how Milton Keynes Council is working with local councils, including Woughton Community Council (a former Council of the Year in NALC’s Star Council Awards!) to offer ‘warm places’ for their residents this winter. Please do let us know at what you are also doing to support your community so we can share this more widely. 

Jonathan Owen